The Complete Thin Man

Dashiell Hammett

The coolest couple of them all.

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most fascinating characters-- a glamorous society couple and not to forget dog Asta who solve murders amidst droll wisecracks and martinis. Nick used to be a private eye until he married Nora but his investigating days are far from over as the crime trail continueswith missing inventor and murdered wives. Hammett manages to blend both tension and romantic perfectly with crime on one side and the snappy, witty comebacks on the other.  

The Thin Man was made into a series of six successful movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy that also managed to combine light noir with screwball comedy.

The Return of the Thin Man (comprising the novella screenplays After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man) is a hugely entertaining follow up that brings back crime fiction's favourite couple after their sensational screen success.

This volume includes as bonus Hammett's first draft for the novel The First Thin Man never before published in book form.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 516
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357312394
  • Price : INR 799

Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett, (1894-1961), was an American writer who created the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Hammett left school at 13 and worked at a variety of low-paying jobs before working eight years as a detective for the Pinkerton agency. He served in World War I, contracted tuberculosis, and spent the immediate postwar years in army hospitals. He began to publish short stories and novelettes in pulp magazines and wrote two novelsRed Harvest and The Dain Curse (both published in 1929)before writing The Maltese Falcon (1930), generally considered his finest work. It introduced Sam Spade, Hammett's fictional detective creation, played by Humphrey Bogart in the film version directed by John Huston (1941), which became a classic of its genre. He also wrote The Glass Key (1931) and The Thin Man (1934), which initiated a motion picture and later a television series built around his detecting couple, Nick and Nora Charles. Nora was based on the playwright Lillian Hellman, with whom he formed a romantic alliance in 1930 that lasted until his death. Her Pentimento (1973) has an account of their life together.

After 1934 Hammett devoted his time to left-wing political activities and to the defense of civil liberties. He served in World War II as an enlisted man. In 1951 he went to jail for six months because he refused to reveal the names of the contributors to the bail bond fund of the Civil Rights Congress, of which he was a trustee.

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